Category Archives: Fitness

Best Blogs of 2016

Unlike the typical best-of post, this isn’t going to be a personal recap of 2016, with a commentary for each piece of writing. As personally, I have no interest in such things – whether it’s reading someone else’s, or writing one myself. (no offence!) What I will do, is list off my top posts of…

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Contribution, Connection, Vitality – What Bucket Are You Neglecting?

Time is the #1 excuse for not exercising and discipline is the #1 reason for stopping. Which is sad when you recognize that (in most cases), this behavior stems from the false belief that exercise should focus on “burning calories.” And thus, requires excessive amounts of steady-state aerobic activity (aka cardio). We won’t get into…

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In Bed With Big Sugar

The Journal of the American Medical Association released a paper last year highlighting a depressing statistic: Over 65% of adults in the United States are Diabetic or Prediabetic! But what’s even more depressing is that even this adjusted number is underestimated. As although the study attempted to include undiagnosed diabetic (5.2%) and pre-diabetic (38%) individuals,…

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Struggling to Reach Your Goals? Time For a Paradigm Shift (And Maybe Some New Friends)

Setting and reaching a short-term goal isn’t easy, but most people are capable of doing it. Partly because they know where they’re going, and they know what’s required to get there, but predominantly because there’s an expiry date, so their goal is a priority for the 30, 60, or 90 day period. Unfortunately, the same…

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Strength Innovation – Windshield Wipers, Glute Rolls, & Quad Dips

Normally these posts are reserved for innovations in ‘strength,’ but these dynamic stretches are too good not to share. They were originally added to my 10-Min Warm-Up to address some personal needs, but now they’ve become a pre-workout staple…if it not a daily staple! 1. Windshield Wipers The first exercise addresses hip rotation tightness; both…

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Research Recap – May 2016

Before we dive into the research, I think it’s important to share a disturbing statistic with you. A recent report in the journal Obesity used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine that 17.4% of children (aged 2-19) met the criteria for class 1 obesity in 2013-2014. The sad part being,…

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Strength Innovation – Kneeling Rest-Pause Chin-Up

This innovative chin-up variation is classified as a double-duty exercise, because it serves 2 purposes. At first, it was incorporated to build explosiveness on the concentric part (i.e. the pull) of a chin-up. Similar to the way a pause and relax helps you pull with more force on the Barbell Bent-Over Row. But since, it’s…

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The 5 Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Combos

The benefits of exercising with intensity are plentiful – unmatched improvements in insulin sensitivity and body composition, mind-blowing reductions in triglyceride and blood glucose levels, considerable increases in aerobic performance measures (that are equivalent to steady-state cardio in < 1/10th the time) – and as we discussed in 1% Fitness, there are several ways you…

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